Bill Jacobson
American, born 1955
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Selected exhibitions
2018
Bill Jacobson and Giorgio Morandi - Photographs and Drawings,
Robert Morat
2016
This Is, this is (1989 - Now),
Robert Klein Gallery
2011
Bill Jacobson: Into the Loving Nowhere (1989 till now),
Julie Saul Gallery

Bill Jacobson began creating his trademark out-of-focus photographs in 1989, focusing on inner states and fleeting memories rather than clear recognition or representation. The works highlight quiet and potent emotions through the immateriality of light and form, creating their own melancholy narratives. Jacobson has recently begun experimenting with in-focus photographs, creating minimalist still lifes of objects and scenes reduced to almost abstract planes and shapes—an extension of his interest in challenging the specificity often assumed to be inherent to photography. “A photograph can simply be a document of ‘what is’, or it can be about a sense of longing, or desire, or love,” he has said.